Fail Forward; Don’t Quit

So you have failed. Ok, it’s time to get back up, dust off the dirt and get back on the horse. We’ve heard the corny sayings so many times growing up but sometimes the simple advice is the best advice.

Giving up is not an option for those who are driven to succeed but so many of us struggle with the thought of continuing to try because failure hurts so much. It’s hard to think positive when you feel as if you put so much time and energy into reaching your goal but fell short. So not what? On to the next goal, or do you keep trying to accomplish the previous one.

I was the type of guy that would fail at something and then switch to something else right away because it was easier. I loved the excitement I got from seeing the vision of what I wanted and how pumped up I was to get started to realize that vision. But when met with adversity, I crumbed every single time. I was weak and pathetic when it came to perseverance. Sounds harsh? Being honest with myself about my shortcomings seemed to be far more productive than pacifying the truth to make myself feel better. And that’s what I had to do to overcome my struggles with execution. What about you?

The problem that a lot of people appear to have is that they struggle with adversity. When things get hard, they look for a way out in order to “feel” better. When we put how we feel ahead of what our original goals are, we embrace the temporary satisfaction we get from not feeling pain at the moment. Later, when the temporary feeling of relief subsides, we then feel guilt that we didn’t fight through the pain. It’s the vicious cycle we experience in our minds daily. Do I quit or do I continue?

I write this to tell you that this problem appears to exist in all humans, but some of us deal with it better than others. Those who master the part of their mind that constantly tells them to quit, garner far more success in life than those who do not. This principle transcends across many different experiences, whether its business, religious growth, parenting, marriage, relationships, etc. In reality, we all have a choice to fight or to give up, but I encourage you to fight in everything thing you pursue because achieving victory is far sweeter than the feeling of regret.

Stay strong!

More to come on this topic.

Author: Mike Free. CEO and Creator of Grind Over Matter

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